Ways to Prevent Drinking and Driving

Ways to Prevent Drinking and Driving

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Drinking and Driving Facts

Drinking and driving statistics are as familiar as they are depressing. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD), the highest percentage of drunk drivers are ages 21 to 24 (30%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (29%) and 35 to 44 (24%).

Share these tips with your teen driver to help promote driving safety.

Tips to Prevent Drinking and Driving

  • Choose a non-drinking designated driver if you’re consuming alcohol.
  • Ask for a ride.
  • Protect others by taking their keys if they attempt to drive after consuming alcohol. They may be mad at you, but the alternative is much worse.

When Throwing a Party

  • Offer guests plenty of non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, and soda. Never pressure guests to drink alcohol.
  • Serve plenty of food.
  • Arrange alternate transportation. Pay attention to your guests' alcohol intake and behavior. Call a cab or set up a ride with a sober driver.
  • Never serve alcohol to minors.

Detecting Drunk Drivers

Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with driving drunk. Keeping these in mind to help avoid a dangerous situation:

  • Making wide turns
  • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
  • Almost striking an object or vehicle
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at a very slow speed
  • Stopping without cause
  • Braking erratically
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving after dark with headlights off

Be careful on the road. Pull over and report drivers you suspect to be under the influence by calling 9-1-1.

Learn more about drinking and driving laws in your state. For more information about underage drinking, visit MADD.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.